Focusing on the thermocline to target perch, smallmouth bass, lake trout, walleye, and salmon. Find the temperature change using Humminbird electronics to locate predatory fish feeding on the baitfish found at the thermocline.
Al Lindner joins Sport Fish Michigan's Ben Wolfe for Michigan's Platte River coho salmon run. They discuss Michigan's incredible fisheries and the broad variety of species and techniques for anglers to enjoy.
We've been planning this trip for two years. I'm pumped, I'm pumped, I'm pumped! Two years in the making! I'm fishing with Captain Ben Wolfe with Sport Fish Michigan and we're at the mouth of the Platte River - the world-renowned Platte River. We're fishing for coho salmon. This has been an exciting trip planned for me. I've never done anything like this. I've talked to Ben a number of times and he says, "hey - there's a lot of ways these people are catching fish." Naturally, you've got people trolling, you've got fly fishermen all over the place - like the guy in front of us, you've got bottom fishermen. You guys kind of got onto a bit that's a little bit different, and man, it's a lot more fun. That was what was exciting to me. We're going to be doing deep-water jigging. Tell us a little bit about why these fish are here as I idle by all these people. [Ben Wolfe] Sure. Well, we're coming out of the mouth of the Platte River, and this is the birthplace of the entire multi-billion dollar Great Lakes salmon industry. [Al Lindner] Look at them! [Ben Wolfe] We have salmon in the river, we have salmon out in the lake. It's just a special place to be. The Michigan DNR, back in the mid-1960s, planted coho salmon here, right on this very river. We're out here trying to enjoy the fishery that has been the result of that stocking initially. [Al Lindner] Tell us a little bit about Sport Fish Michigan and what it's all about. [Ben Wolfe] Well, Sport Fish Michigan is a network of some of the top charter Captains and Guides in the state. And we really try to concentrate on just about anything that someone wants to do, fishing-wise. We can provide it for them. Whether it's fishing in the river on fly. Whether it's fishing in the river with traditional gear. Or trolling or jigging. Bass fishing is big for us. Walleye fishing is also big for us. So really - almost anything someone wants to do, fishing-wise, we have someone around the state that is a qualified Captain or a Guide and really knows their thing, and is able to have a great time with customers. [Al Lindner] This is really a gas. [Ben Wolfe] Beautiful! [Al Lindner] This is everything I expected this to be and then a little bit more. It was a rush, bro. [Troy Lindner] You know, that looks like a lot of fun. I do a lot of fishing up in the mountains, most of the trout are about that big, they're not giants like that. [Mike Hehner] Yeah, these are magnum fish, Troy. These fish get to 30-40 pounds out there. Within the next couple weeks out on the Great Lakes system, these fish are going to be firing up. All the charters are going to be out catching the heck out of these fish all the way through the fall. [Troy Linder] That's awesome - that is awesome.